One Earth Initiative Working Group

One Earth Initiative Working Group members are fostering community conversation and co-designing a university-wide action plan.

The working group is charged to: 

  • Ensure diverse working group membership, including faculty, librarian, staff, student and external community members and convene regular meetings.
  • Survey and report on current USF initiatives in the areas of environmental justice and sustainability.
  • Convene town halls and meetings to gather input from students, faculty, librarians and staff as well as external stakeholders. 
  • Provide consultation and draft a 3-year action plan that outlines USF participation in the 7-year goals of the international Laudato Si Action Platform, and that addresses and aligns with USF’s context, mission, and strategic plan.  
  • Compile an annual report on the Laudato Si project, and host a community forum to ensure transparency regarding progress..

The Lane Center is providing administrative support and serving as a liaison to the global Laudato Si' Action Platform’s university working group as well as regional, national, and international Jesuit networks.

Adrienne Johnson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, College of Arts & Sciences (Co-Chair)
Alice Kaswan, Professor, School of Law (on sabbatical, Spring 2024)
Allison Luengen, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts & Sciences (on sabbatical, 2023-24)
Anastasia Vrachnos, Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives
Angeline Vuong, Assistant Director, Community Engagement and Public Service Programs, Leo T. McCarthy Center
Calla Schmidt, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science
David Silver, Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies Program
Debbie Benrubi, Librarian and Head of Metadata & Collection Management, Gleeson Library (Co-Chair)
Eden Ballard, Asst. Dir of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Elisa Isaacson, Dir. of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Office
Elisa Rivas, Graduate Student, School of Law
Erin Brigham, Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition and Affiliate faculty, Theology and Religious Studies College of Arts and Sciences (Co-Chair)
Fred Wellington, Program Director, Energy Systems Management, College of Arts and Sciences
Heather Hickman, Director of Operations, Facilities Management
Ivory Loeng-Loth, Student
Jacqueline Ramos, Community Engaged Learning Program Manager, The McCarthy Center
Jade Carter, Student
Jeffrey Paris, Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences
Jewel Erugo, Student
Joshua McDermott, Director, USF STAGES productions
Kimberly Carfore, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies and Theology and Religious Studies.
Lauren Crane, Student
Luis E Bazan, Adjunct Professor and Associate Director for Immersions and Arrupe Programs, University Ministry
Malia Boksanski, Student
Marcianna Nosek, Professor, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Nora Ward, Student
Richard Hsu, Sustainability Coordinator
Sam Robert Mickey, Adjunct Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Stephen Friesen, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
Suzy Kisylia, Senior Health & Wellness Manager, Human Resources
Tracy Benning, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Valery Ngong Ekem Fala, SJ, Graduate Student, Environmental Management, College of Arts & Sciences; Graduate Fellow for the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought
William Riggs, Associate Professor, Public Administration, School of Management
Zoe Binder, Student